2 Timothy 2:26
New International Version
and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

New Living Translation
Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.

English Standard Version
and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.

Berean Study Bible
Then they will come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, who has taken them captive to his will.

Berean Literal Bible
and they might come to their senses out of the snare of the devil, having been captured by him for his will.

New American Standard Bible
and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

King James Bible
And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Christian Standard Bible
Then they may come to their senses and escape the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

Contemporary English Version
They have been trapped by the devil, and he makes them obey him, but God may help them escape.

Good News Translation
And then they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the Devil, who had caught them and made them obey his will.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then they may come to their senses and escape the Devil's trap, having been captured by him to do his will.

International Standard Version
so that they might escape from the devil's snare, even though they've been held captive by him to do his will.

NET Bible
and they will come to their senses and escape the devil's trap where they are held captive to do his will.

New Heart English Bible
and they may recover themselves out of the devil's snare, having been taken captive by him to his will.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they will remember their souls and break loose from the trap of Satan by whom they were captured for his pleasure.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then they might come back to their senses and God will free them from the devil's snare so that they can do his will.

New American Standard 1977
and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and that they may become converted out of the snare of the devil, in which they are captive to do his will.

King James 2000 Bible
And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

American King James Version
And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

American Standard Version
and they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him unto his will.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they may recover themselves from the snares of the devil, by whom they are held captive at his will.

Darby Bible Translation
and that they may awake up out of the snare of the devil, [who are] taken by him, for his will.

English Revised Version
and they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by the Lord's servant unto the will of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Weymouth New Testament
and recover sober-mindedness and freedom from the Devil's snare, though they are now entrapped by him to do his will.

World English Bible
and they may recover themselves out of the devil's snare, having been taken captive by him to his will.

Young's Literal Translation
and they may awake out of the devil's snare, having been caught by him at his will.
Study Bible
The Lord's Approved Workman
25He must gently reprove those who oppose him, in the hope that God may grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth. 26Then they will come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, who has taken them captive to his will.
Cross References
Luke 5:10
and so were his partners James and John, the sons of Zebedee. "Do not be afraid," Jesus said to Simon, "from now on you will catch men."

1 Timothy 3:7
Furthermore, he must have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the snare of the devil.

Treasury of Scripture

And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

recover.

Luke 15:17
And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

1 Corinthians 15:34
Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.

Ephesians 5:14
Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

out.

Psalm 124:7
Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.

Isaiah 8:15
And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.

Isaiah 28:13
But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

who are.

Isaiah 42:6,7
I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; …

Isaiah 49:25,26
But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children…

Isaiah 53:12
Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

taken captive.

Job 1:12
And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

Job 2:6
And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.

Luke 22:31,32
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: …







Lexicon
Then
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

they will come to their senses
ἀνανήψωσιν (ananēpsōsin)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 366: To become sober again, recover sound sense. From ana and nepho; to become sober again, i.e. regain senses.

[and escape]
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

the
τῆς (tēs)
Article - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

snare
παγίδος (pagidos)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3803: From pegnumi; a trap; figuratively, a trick or statagem.

of the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

devil,
διαβόλου (diabolou)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1228: From diaballo; a traducer; specially, Satan.

[who]
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

has taken them captive
ἐζωγρημένοι (ezōgrēmenoi)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2221: To capture alive, capture for life, enthrall. From the same as zoon and agreuo; to take alive, i.e. to capture or ensnare.

to
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

his
ἐκείνου (ekeinou)
Demonstrative Pronoun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1565: That, that one there, yonder. From ekei; that one (neuter) thing); often intensified by the article prefixed.

will.
θέλημα (thelēma)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2307: An act of will, will; plur: wishes, desires. From the prolonged form of ethelo; a determination, i.e. choice or inclination.
(26) That they may recover themselves.--The literal meaning of the Greek word rendered "that they may recover themselves" is. that they may awake from drunkenness. The English version, however, gives the meaning with great exactness. Those taken in the snare of the devil are represented as not only captives in the snare of the devil, but as also helplessly wrapped in slumber.

The deadly peril of all "captives of sin" is here well painted. These unhappy ones, before they can free themselves from the toils of the evil one, must awake from the deep slumber in which they are wrapped: in other words, must first be conscious of their awful danger.

Who are taken captive by him at his will.--These words have been variously interpreted by commentators. The meaning that, on the whole, seems most satisfactory, represents the captive to sin waking up from his deathly slumber and escaping the toils of the evil one, for the purpose of carrying out for the future the will of God. The rendering of the whole verse would be as follows: "And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil--being held captive by him--to do His (God's) will."

It must be remembered that the first pronoun in this sentence, "being held captive by him," referred here to the devil, and the second pronoun in the sentence, "to do His will," referred here to God, are represented in the Greek by two distinct words: the first by ???????, the second by ????????.

Verse 26. - They for that they, A.V.; having been taken captive by the Lord's servant unto the will of God for who are taken captive by him at his will, A.V. Having been taken captive, etc. This is undoubtedly a difficult passage. We will first take the individual words, and then turn to the general meaning. Recover themselves (ἀνανήψωσιν); only found here in the New Testament, and never in the LXX. In classical Greek, where it is, however, uncommon, it means literally "to recover from drunkenness," hence, "to come to one's self," "to come to a right mind" (see Steph., 'Thes.'). Snare (παγίς); as 1 Timothy 3:7; 1 Timothy 6:9. Compare the use of παγιδεύω (Matthew 22:15). Having been taken captive (ἐζωγρήμενοι); only found in the New Testament in Luke 5:10 besides this place, but common in the LXX. and in classical Greek, in the sense of "to take alive," of prisoners of war, who, if not ransomed, always became slaves of the conqueror. Here, therefore, the meaning is "having been captured and enslaved." By him (margin), (ὑπ αὐτοῦ); i.e. of course the devil, who had just been named as having ensnared them. Unto the will of him (margin), (ἐκείνου θέλημα). The difficulty of the passage lies in the word ἐκείνου, which at first sight seems to indicate a different antecedent from the antecedent of αὐτοῦ. This grammatical difficulty has led to the strange rendering of the R.V., and to the wholly unjustifiable intrusion into the text of the words, "the Lord's servant" and of "God," producing altogether a sentence of unparalleled awkwardness and grotesqueness, and utter improbability. But there is no real difficulty in referring ἐκείνου to the same person as αὐτοῦ (meaning in both cases the devil), as in the passage from Plato's 'Cratylus,' cited by Huther, after De Wette, the cause of the use of ἐκείνου being that St. Paul was at the moment emphasizing the fact of these captives being deprived of their own will, and made subservient to the will of another. The passage may be paraphrased: "If peradventure God may give them repentance unto the knowledge of the truth, so as to recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, after they had been led captive by him, so as to be no longer their own masters, but obliged to do his will." The implied contrast is οὐ τὸ ἑαυτῶν ἀλλ ἐκείνου θέλημα, just as in the passage from the 'Cratylus,' p. 430 (vol. 4. p. 306, Bekker's edit.), ἐκείνου is contrasted with γυναικός. The full passage is Δεῖξαι αὐτῷ α}ν μὲν τύχῃ ἐκείνου εἰκόνα α}ν δὲ τύχῃ γυναικός. Another example of the transition from αὐτός to ἐκεῖνος is in John 1:7, 8, Οῦτος η΅λθεν εἰς μαρτυρίαν, ἵνα μαρτυρήσῃ περὶ τοῦ φωτὸς ἵνα πάντες πιστεύσωσι δι αὐτοῦ οὐκ η΅ν ἐκεῖνος τὸ φῶς, κ.τ.λ., where there is a contrast between John as the witness and Christ as the true Light (compare, too, John 4:25, where ἐκείνος has the force of "not you, but he"). For the general turn of phrase, comp. 2 Corinthians 10:5, "Bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ," where αἰχμαλωτίζοντες (see 2 Timothy 3:6) corresponds to ἐζωγρημένοι and εἰς τὴν ὑπακοὴν τοῦ Ξριστοῦ to εἰς τὸ ἐκείνου θέλημα. It should be noted further that the sentence is certainly rather a peculiar one, from the use of such uncommon words as ἀνανήφω and ζωγρέω, and the mixture of metaphors. But the sense of the A.V. is fully borne out. The interpretation preferred by Bishop Ellicott is "they may recover themselves from the snare of the devil unto his will (viz. God's), having (previously) been led captive by him (viz. the devil)."



2:22-26 The more we follow that which is good, the faster and the further we shall flee from that which is evil. The keeping up the communion of saints, will take us from fellowship with unfruitful works of darkness. See how often the apostle cautions against disputes in religion; which surely shows that religion consists more in believing and practising what God requires, than in subtle disputes. Those are unapt to teach, who are apt to strive, and are fierce and froward. Teaching, not persecution, is the Scripture method of dealing with those in error. The same God who gives the discovery of the truth, by his grace brings us to acknowledge it, otherwise our hearts would continue to rebel against it. There is no peradventure, in respect of God's pardoning those who do repent; but we cannot tell that he will give repentance to those who oppose his will. Sinners are taken in a snare, and in the worst snare, because it is the devil's; they are slaves to him. And if any long for deliverance, let them remember they never can escape, except by repentance, which is the gift of God; and we must ask it of him by earnest, persevering prayer.
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